Dog pools for swimming therapy: what to look for.
Are you looking for a pool for your dog and having a hard time finding one?
Here are some things you may want to know, and things to ask as you search for a qualified dog pool.
Many years ago I did a search for dog pools and found to my horror that none existed in the entire USA! There were people rehabilitation pools and Equine rehab pools but no one had a DOG POOL.
In an effort to help my dog who was paralyzed, I decided to build a pool for her and then began a service that eventually became my life's career path. Years later now we have dog pools in nearly every state and province in North America.
Swimming therapy for dogs is fast becoming a prescribed protocol for canine rehabilitation and strength building. Being in a dog pool provides an arena for non weight bearing exercise- where the resistance in water is up to 20x that of being in air.
Being in a dog pool can benefit the body in these ways:
Conditions which may benefit from dog swimming and therapy include:
There are different types of pools for dogs and spas for dogs and also various dog services to meet these needs.
Some dog pools may offer assisted swimming alone, self swimming where you can swim your own dog, or they may offer massage, Ttouch, acupressure, reiki, aromatherapy, etc.
Before choosing a pool or therapist, think about what benefits you hope your dog will gain from swimming and/or aquatic massage. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if your dog is a candidate, and ask what type of pool is best for your dog's specific needs.
Some questions to ask about the therapist:
Some questions to ask about the pool:
Some questions you can ask yourself:
Canine Water Therapy has profound effects on many levels, each therapist and each pool will offer a different 'feeling' or service. Explore and Inquire and try a few different programs.
Finally - Don't be shy about asking that your dog be removed from the pool or the session if you feel uncomfortable.
Remember that YOUR emotional safety is a
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